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Vodacom cuts data costs: It's still twice what we should be paying - tech journo

8 April 2021 1:57 PM
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Vodacom
Competition Commission
Data Must Fall
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Amy MacIver
Sam Wright
Tech Girl ZA

"Countries a lot poorer than us, with far less infrastructure than us; they’re sitting at around R40/GB," says Sam Wright.

Data is still expensive in South Africa compared to most of our peers, but at least it is moving in the right direction.

A gigabyte of data from Vodacom now costs R85, down from R149 a year ago.

The drop in data prices comes after Vodacom reached an agreement with the Competition Commission in December 2019 following an inquiry.

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Amy MacIver interviewed Sam Wright, a writer at Tech Girl ZA.

I grew up on the internet… data in South Africa is unaffordable for many, so I’m excited… I still think we can lower it even more… We are one of the most expensive in the world… I stayed in Ukraine a few years ago. Their electricity goes out for three days – to get a gig of date there costs you between R35 and R40…

Sam Wright, writer - Tech Girl ZA

A lot of countries that are a lot poorer than us, a lot smaller than us, with far less infrastructure than us; they’re sitting at around R40 [per GB] … I think operators have done what they can; we need to open the spectrum…

Sam Wright, writer - Tech Girl ZA

30-day bundles are the worst… Out of bundle rates are painful…

Sam Wright, writer - Tech Girl ZA

In Pretoria, they have open Wi-Fi spots… Small businesses can benefit by giving access to Wi-Fi… Let people play games and stream shows…

Sam Wright, writer - Tech Girl ZA

Listen to the interview in the audio below.




8 April 2021 1:57 PM
Tags:
Ukraine
Vodacom
Competition Commission
Data Must Fall
#DataMustFall
Amy MacIver
Sam Wright
Tech Girl ZA

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